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Pay It Forward

Woman pays it forward to single dad struggling to care for family


A single dad was able to get some new boots and groceries for his family after he was helped by a female friend when she entered him in WFSB's "Pay it Forward" contest.

In WFSB's "Pay it Forward" contest, a Connecticut resident is able to give $500 to help someone else who is having a tough time. After being inundated with hundreds of emails, Channel 3 judges narrowed it down to five recipients.

The final recipient is Amanda Babineaux, who nominated her friend Chris Donahue, who is a single father raising three boys.

"He is struggling right now and he is a single father. He has three boys and he is just works nonstop and he never takes care of himself," Babineaux said. "He's always doing for his children and he needs to take care of himself."

Babineaux wanted to give Donahue the money so that he could purchase a new pair of boots, which she said "he's in desperate need of," and treat himself to a night out.

"I would also probably want him to have a really nice family dinner," she said. "Because he works so much he doesn't have the opportunity to sit down and have a big meal with his family."

Babineaux said Donahue often skips meals to make sure his children eat and feels that is "pretty remarkable."

With help from WFSB anchor Denise D'Ascenzo, Babineaux was given $500, and she quickly found Donahue to give him the cash.

"You always put everyone else in front of you, and your children always come first and it's awesome," Babineaux told him when she handed him the money. "It's really awesome."

Donahue was overwhelmed by the gesture and agreed to make sure he got new boots and took himself out for dinner.

"It's excellent. Thanks, guys," he said after receiving the money.

Donahue said he used the rest of the money to purchase groceries for his family.

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